University College Dublin (UCD)

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This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and the Faculty of Human Sciences at UCD. This includes Economics, Education, Library & Information Studies, Politics, Psychology, Social Policy & Social Work, Sociology.

  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
  • Immerse yourself in Irish culture.
  • Study for one semester or an academic year.
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.

City Facts

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the capital, principle port, and trading center of the Republic of Ireland. With it’s broad avenues and stately squares, Dublin is the home to the National Museum, National Gallery, Abbey Theatre, Dublin Castle, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, named after the patron saint of Ireland. Dublin’s history is both tragic and inspirational. Captured by the Danes in the 9th century, the Irish wrestled for control over Dublin three times over the next century before they were expelled by the Anglo-Normans in 1171, led by King Henry II of England. England’s rule over Dublin remained unchallenged until 1543, when Irish patriots rebelled against them for the first time. Centuries of rebellion and revolts followed, finally ending in 1922 with the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Campus Facts

University College Dublin

Founded in 1851 as the Catholic University of Ireland, University College Dublin was incorporated as a constituent college of the National University of Ireland in 1908. Its main campus is now located in Belfield, about 8 miles south of the city center. Having moved to this location in the 1960s, UCD is a modern, constantly growing campus, which is currently engaged in an extensive phase of physical development. With ten faculties and over eighty departments, UCD is now the largest university in Ireland. It has 22,000 students, of which 2,000 are international. University College Dublin is commonly considered one of the top universities in Europe.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
  • have completed lower division requirements,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Academic Program

The academic calendar consists of two 15-week semesters: 12 week of instruction, 1 week of revision, and 2 weeks for examinations. SJSU students must take 40–60 UCD credits (equal to 12–18 SJSU units). In addition to choosing the right credit load, students are required to take modules (courses) at the right level. Students will be expected to choose the appropriate level for their degree and provide academic evidence for any modules that require pre-requisites. Units and grading will be translated to SJSU equivalencies upon return from the program. At UCD there is a strong reliance on personal learning and initiative. Classes are student-centered and participants are encouraged to voice opinions in group work and seminars. Assessments are specific to subject areas but can include essays, examinations, and course work. For some courses, 70–100% of the assessment may be based on the final examination.

Faculty of the Arts & Celtic Studies

Art History & Cultural Policy
English, Drama & Film
History & Archives
Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics
Languages & Literatures

Faculty of Engineering & Architecture

Landscape & Civil Engineering
Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences

Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science

Faculty of Human Sciences

Applied Social Science
Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy
Information & Library Studies
Politics & International Relations
Social Justice

Faculty of Science

Biology & Environmental Science
Biomolecular & Biomedical Science
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Computer Science & Informatics
Geological Sciences
Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Agriculture & Food Science

Food Science


Students may participate in internships while studying at UCD. The exchange program does not have formalized internship programs, but the university can provide support with internship placements or students can arrange their own internship.


Students are strongly encouraged to live on campus as it provides a better opportunity to meet Irish students and experience campus life. A number of spaces within the residence halls are reserved for study abroad students, both one semester and full academic year students. There are three resident halls of 4–5 bedroom, self-catered apartments.

Program Academic Calendar

Semester From–to
Fall Semester September–December
Spring Semester January–June

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Costs

SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,585.00

These costs are current as of 2012–13. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.

Round Trip Transportation 800.00
Room & Meals 4,400.00
Insurance 350.00
Personal Expenses 2,300.00
Total $11,435.00

Apply for This Program

SJSU Bilateral Program Forms